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Qualcomm pursuing Apple manufacturers over royalty row

May 26, 15:17

Qualcomm has filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of California against FIH Mobile and Hon Hai Precision Industry (together known as Foxconn), Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal Electronics - the four manufacturers of all Apple iPhones and iPads sold worldwide - for allegedly...

Acer announces new Spin 1 convertible notebook

May 26, 15:04

Acer has announced the latest version of its Spin 1 convertible notebook. With an all-metal chassis, the Windows 10 device supports Windows Ink through an Acer Active Stylus1.

Acer Spin 1

Computex 2017: ITRI develops smart pesticide detector featuring micro optical inspection

May 26, 14:55

ITRI has unveiled a handheld pesticide residue detector with which the users can immediately learn the level of pesticide residues in their food.

Intel Movidius Myriad 2 VPU enables DJI Spark Drone

May 26, 14:51

Intel Movidius, a provider in low-power computer vision and embedded artificial intelligence, is providing visual intelligence technology to DJI’s recently announced Spark, the company’s first mini drone.

Lenovo nets US$107 million for fiscal 4Q 2016/2017

May 26, 12:56

China-based IT vendor Lenovo Group on May 25 released its financial report for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ended March 2017, posting consolidated revenues of US$9.58 billion, gross margin of 14.6%, net operating profit of US$74 million and net profit of US$107 million for the first quarter...

Acer debuts Nitro 5 notebook line for casual gaming

May 25, 16:25

Acer has announced its new Nitro notebook line for casual gamers. Acer is offering a variety of configurations that feature popular graphics and processors, providing consumers with a wide selection to meet different budgets and needs.

Microsoft reveals next generation of Surface Pro

May 25, 16:22

Microsoft has revealed the next generation of Surface Pro. Now powered by 7th Generation Intel Core processors, the ultra-thin Surface Pro will deliver increased power, super-fast boot times and peak performance - a 20% increase in performance and 50% more battery life (up to 13.5 hours).

Acer expects stable LCD monitor shipments in 2017 with higher ASP

May 22, 10:58

While global demand for LCD monitors keeps decreasing, Acer expect its LCD monitor shipments to be stable in 2017, with the corresponding average selling price (ASP) to hike as a result of a stronger focus on gaming models, according to the company's Display business general manager Victor Chien.

Volta and Vega: With increased integration, what's left for Taiwan vendors to customize?

May 19, 16:55

Last week's Nvidia GTC event was - from the hardware point of view, at least - all about the new Volta GPU generation, and its expected leadership in AI (Artificial intelligence) and HPC (High-performance computing). As an example, a single 19-inch rack sized moderately dense Volta cabinet, with 200...

Apple to ship 5-6 million 10.5-inch iPad Pro tablets in 2017, say Taiwan makers

May 19, 15:39

The upstream supply chain's shipments for Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro have been increasing recently and the device's monthly shipment volume is expected to grow to 600,000 units in July, up from around 500,000 units currently, helping its annual shipments to reach five million units in 2017, according...

Digitimes Research: Top-5 notebook vendors see 6% on-year growth in April shipments

May 19, 15:02

Worldwide top-5 notebook brand vendors together and top-3 ODMs combined saw their shipments decrease 37% and 32% on month, respectively in April because of their strong shipments in March and weak demand in April. Since April was still in the slow season for the notebook market, inventory adjustment...

Acer should focus on business diversification, says CEO

May 18, 22:36

Commenting on its first-quarter financial results, Acer CEO Jason Chen pointed out that the company did not seem to have made much profit, but that was because the company had invested over 50% of its profits into new businesses, hoping to find new directions for the company. Acer is a PC company and...

Jason Chen, Acer CEO

Clevo sees earnings drop nearly 50% on year in 1Q17

Newswatch - May 18, 14:35

Notebook vendor and IT mall operator Clevo saw its net profits decrease 46.15% on year to NT$37.55 million (US$1.247 million) in the first quarter of 2017. EPS for the first quarter reached only N$0.06.

Taiwan market: Readmoo offers e-book reader mooInk

May 18, 10:54

Readmoo, the largest traditional Chinese e-book platform and channel in Taiwan, has announced the cooperation with e-book reader ODM Netronix and e-paper maker E Ink Holdings to offer mooInk, the first e-book reader to support traditional Chinese digital reading content in the Taiwan market.

Clevo ships 326,000 notebooks in 1Q17

May 17, 15:24

Clevo shipped 326,000 notebooks in the first quarter of 2017, dipping 7.8% from 353,000 units a year ago, and the corresponding notebook sales revenues totaled NT$3.63 billion (US$119 million), up 6% due to a 23% hike in average selling price, according to the company.

AMD ramping shipments of Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 CPUs

May 17, 15:22

Demand for AMD's Ryzen 7- and Ryzen 5-series CPU products has continued rising, which may allow the chipmaker to narrow its losses to below US$50 million for the second quarter of 2017. With Intel also rumored to pay licensing fees to AMD for its GPUs, some market watchers believe AMD may turn profitable...

Digitimes Research: Over 35 million tablets to be shipped globally in 2Q17

May 16, 22:33

There will be 35.08 million tablets shipped globally during the second quarter of 2017, decreasing 5.7% on quarter and 13.7% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Acer looking to boost its gaming PC presence in China

May 16, 22:22

Acer on May 16 announced a strategic cooperation with the Faculty of Arts under the Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing, northern China, to donate an e-sports laboratory consisting of Acer gaming PCs in the university and jointly hold e-sports events and forums in China, in a bid to...

Asustek shifting focus away from consumer desktop market

May 16, 14:17

Asustek Computer has recently decided to release fewer traditional consumer desktop products and will focus on China and Taiwan’s enterprise sector as well as all-in-one PC and high-end Republic of Gamers (ROG) branded gaming products.

Synnex sees decreased April revenues

May 15, 15:33

IT and consumer electronics channel distributor Synnex Technology International has reported consolidated revenues of NT$23.598 billion (US$779 million) for April, dropping 18.24% on month and 10.64% on year.

Acer 1Q17 profits hurt by exchange losses

May 15, 14:02

Acer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$56.05 billion (US$1.86 billion) for the first quarter with operating net profits reaching NT$456 million, but the company’s net profits were only NT$63 million with EPS of NT$0.02 due to exchange losses of NT$522 million.

Asustek likely to discontinue ZenWatch product line

May 15, 12:36

Asustek Computer is likely to discontinue the development of its ZenWatch product line as sales of its smartwatch devices have been lower than expected, according to sources of Taiwan's supply chain.

Quanta to apply AI to medical electronics

May 15, 11:02

Notebook ODM Quanta Computer has set up a business unit for R&D of electronics used in medical care and will apply AI (artificial intelligence) technology to such electronics through cooperation with hospitals and clinics in Taiwan, company chairman Barry Lam said at a May 12 investors conferenc...

Quanta chairman Barry Lam (left) and vice chairman CC Leung

Asustek 1Q17 net profit hits 23-quarter low

May 12, 16:10

Asustek Computer has released its financial report for first-quarter 2017, recording total revenues of NT$98.206 billion (US$3.23 billion), gross margin 13.39%, net operating profit NT$3.809 billion, net profit NT$3.651 billion and net EPS NT$4.92, with net profit being the lowest quarterly level since...

Taiwan market: 600,000-700,000 tablets to be sold in 2017

May 12, 15:13

In the Taiwan market, tablet sales in 2016 shrank 12% on year to about 700,000 units and are expected to further drop to 600,000-700,000 units in 2017, 70% of which will be 7- to 8-inch models, according to Samsung Electronics Taiwan at the launch conference of its new Galaxy Tab S3 tablet.

Quanta ships 2.7 million notebooks in April

May 12, 12:33

Quanta Computer shipped 2.7 million notebooks in April, falling 27% from March's 3.7 million units, and has reported consolidated revenues of NT$69.19 billion (US$2.28 billion) for April, dropping 6.26% on month but growing 1.48% on year, and NT$297.11 billion for January-April, rising 11.89% on yea...

Getac Technology sees profits up in 1Q17

May 12, 10:51

Ruggedized computing device maker Getac Technology has reported net profits of NT$408 million (US$13.51 million) for the first quarter of 2017, increasing 35.1% from a year earlier.

Getac chairman James Huang

Compal president expects PC demand to return growth in 2017

May 11, 15:49

Compal Electronics president Ray Chen expects PC demand to return to growth in 2017 because of a replacement trend from the enterprise sector created by Microsoft ending support for Windows 7. Demand from the consumer sector will have slower growth, but will happen eventually and demand from Europe...

Gigabyte revenues up slightly on year in April

Stockwatch - May 10, 16:09

Gigabyte Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$3.946 billion (US$130.42 million) for April 2017, representing a 8.38% drop on month and 1.88% increase on year.

MSI reports decreased revenues for April

Stockwatch - May 10, 16:06

Micro-Star International (MSI) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$6.443 billion (US$212.96 million) for April 2017, representing a 26.67% drop on month and 4.69% drop on year.

ECS revenues decline in April

Stockwatch - May 10, 16:04

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.091 billion (US$69.11 million) for April 2017, representing a 11.47% drop on month and 1.96% drop on year.

Compal ships 2.6 million notebooks, AIO PCs in April

May 10, 16:01

Compal Electronics has announced it shipped 2.6 million notebooks and all-in-one (AIO) PCs in April, down 35% from March's four million units, while its consolidated revenues were down 22.85% on month to reach NT$61.03 billion. However, compared to the same month a year ago, the amount was up 31.8%.

Acer reports mild on-year increase in April revenues

Stockwatch - May 10, 15:54

Acer has reported consolidated revenues of NT$14.432 billion (US$477.01 million) for April 2017, representing a 35.36% drop on month and 2.69% increase on year.

China calls for Foxconn to make more investments in the country

May 10, 15:17

China's Premier Li Keqiang has called for Foxconn Electronics to place its high-end research and development projects and even its whole industrial chain in China.

Asustek revenues down sharply in April

May 9, 20:35

Asustek Computer has reported revenues of NT$27.113 billion (US$896.38 million) for April, representing a significant decline of 40% from the previous month and also a 7% drop from a year earlier.

Time-lapse camera player Brinno sees strong on-year growth in April revenues

May 8, 22:50

Taiwan-based time-lapse camera player Brinno has announced consolidated revenues of NT$49.84 million (US$1.65 million) for April, down 3.39% on month, but up significantly by 86.5% on year thanks to stable ODM orders and the launches of its new own-brand products. The company's combined consolidated...

Global gaming PC demand to keep growing over next 5 years, says Dell executive

May 5, 15:43

In contrast to shrinking overall PC sales, global demand for gaming PCs is heating up and the boom will continue over the next five years, according to Consumer Product Marketing senior vice president Raymond Wah under Dell Technologies.

HTC to release new Vive audio solution on June 6

Newswatch - May 4, 20:23

HTC has announced that it will release its integrated headphone solution, the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, for the Vive globally on June 6 for NT$3,499 (US$116).

Quanta Storage nets NT$0.25 per share for 1Q17

May 4, 15:41

Quanta Storage has reported first-quarter 2017 consolidated revenues of NT$1.91 billion (US$63 million), growing 3.65% on year, net operating profit of NT$203.3 million, up 184.34%, net profit of NT$70.8 million, down 24.03%, and net EPS of NT$0.25.

Apple revenues, earnings increase in fiscal 2Q17

May 4, 10:59

Apple has reported on-year increases in both revenues and earnings for its fiscal 2017 second quarter ended April 1, 2017. Revnues for the quarter came to US$52.9 billion and earnings per diluted share reached US$2.10, compared to revenues of US$50.6 billion and earnings per diluted share of US$1.90...

Acer pushing gaming, enterprise products in Asia Pacific region

May 2, 16:12

President of Acer Pan Asia Andrew Hou has noted that Acer’s operation directions for 2017 will focus on youth, technology and fashion and mainly target the gaming and enterprise sectors. With the company’s new gaming products and e-sport event sponsorship, Hou expects the company’s...

Andrew Hou, Acer Pan Asia president

HTC showcases VR innovations

May 2, 15:19

HTC recently hosted its fourth investors conference for its Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA) in San Francisco to showcase latest development and content from the alliance’s VR and augmented reality (AR) startups.

Acer pushing MR, VR hardware

May 2, 12:02

Acer’s mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) that it developed jointly with Microsoft has recently begun shipments and the company has already shipped around 1,000 units of the device mainly to content developers. Acer’s StarVR HMD shipments have also been picking up rapidly thanks...

Acer unveils new 2-in-1 devices

May 2, 11:57

Acer has announced two new 2-in-1 devices under its Switch series, the Switch 5 and 3, both using Windows 10. Both 2-in-1 devices feature Acer’s Active Pen, allowing users to input in a stylus method via the Windows Ink function.

Acer Switch 3 2-in-1 device

Acer expects growth in Chromebook shipments

May 2, 11:42

Acer has been expanding its Chrome-based product lines recently and company CEO Jason Chen expects its Chromebook sales to enjoy a double-digit percentage growth in 2017.

Qualcomm, Microsoft to bring ARM notebook back

Apr 28, 14:52

ARM has recently revealed that a Snapdragon 835-based Windows 10 notebook will be launched in the market by the end of 2017 and some market watchers believe ARM and Microsoft’s partnership is expected to focus on conquering the weakness in software ecosystem and could bring pressure to Intel.

Gaming PC sales in North America in 2016 grow 25-30%

Apr 28, 13:52

Commenting on the gaming PC market in North America, Kevin Jones, vice president for US-based retail chain Micro Center said that overall sales increased 25-30% on year in 2016, and Micro Center’s sales grew 200-300% from a year ago. Jones expects sales to continue climbing in 2017 and gaming...

Kevin Jones, Micro Center vice president (left)

Taiwan market: Perobot adds 2 Pepper sales agents

Apr 26, 15:45

Perobot, Foxconn Electronics' subsidiary for marketing its Pepper service-providing humanoid robot in the Taiwan market, has added two sales agents, Systex and High Performance Information, in addition to the original agent Asia Pacific Telecom, according to Perobot.

Humanoid robot Pepper

Philips promoting healthcare business at IFA Global Press Conference 2017

Apr 25, 12:06

Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) 2017 organizers Gfu and Messe Berlin hosted IFA Global Press Conference 2017 from April 20-23 in Lisbon, Portugal and invited companies including Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (Philips) to provide keynotes about its healthcare products and...

EMEA traditional PC market returning to growth in 1Q17, says IDC

Apr 24, 22:03

The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) traditional PC market (desktops, notebooks, and workstations) continued to stabilize in the first quarter of 2017, with the market posting modest growth (1.6%) and totaling 17.4 million units, according to IDC.

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